Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 18th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (17-22) at San Diego Padres (14-25), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (5-1, 2.83)
San Diego - Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69)
(Sports Network) - Coming off his first loss of the season, LA Angels of
Anaheim ace Jered Weaver takes the ball tonight in the opener of a three-game
interleague series against the San Diego Padres.
Weaver has allowed only three homers this season and will have the luxury of
competing in pitcher-friendly Petco Park. In Sunday's 13-6 loss at Texas,
Weaver had the worst outing of the year against arguably the most-feared
lineup in baseball by allowing eight runs and 10 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.
The lanky right-hander, who threw a no-hitter on May 2 versus Minnesota, was
5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in seven starts before the loss in Arlington. He is now
5-1 and his ERA ballooned to 2.83. Weaver is 4-0 in four home starts this
season, but 1-1 in four road outings. He threw a five-hit shutout in his only
appearance against San Diego back on June 14, 2009, when he fanned five
batters and walked one in a 6-0 victory.
Anaheim just earned a split of a two-game series versus the Chicago White Sox
at Angel Stadium and dropped a 6-1 decision on Thursday. C.J. Wilson was
making his third start since last Friday due to a rain delay against Texas and
was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs -- one earned -- in 3 2/3
frames. He walked six batters and struck out three.
"We'll turn the page on this one," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "C.J.
had trouble putting pitches in the zone. He started to feel a little under the
weather as the game went on."
Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game for the Angels, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped. The Angels, who will begin a 10-game road
trip tonight against San Diego, Oakland and Seattle, are hoping some games
against the National League will inspire Pujols even more since he wreaked
havoc on the league with St. Louis.
San Diego will begin a three-game series with LA's other ballclub tonight
after splitting a pair of matchups with the Dodgers at Petco Park. After
winning the opener of a two-game set with their NL West rivals, the Padres
dropped an 8-1 decision on Thursday.
Edinson Volquez was cooled off on the mound and absorbed the loss for
allowing five runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in five innings.
"His stuff was fine. He just didn't pitch as well as we've seen him. In a way,
he's set a pretty high standard for himself. He had a sub-three ERA coming
into this game," Padres manager Bud Black said of Volquez.
Chris Denorfia knocked in the lone run for San Diego and John Baker posted a
pair of doubles in a losing effort. The Padres had a two-game winning streak
stopped and lost for the eighth time in 13 tries.
Jeff Suppan will make his fourth start of the season for the Friars Friday and
is coming off the first loss of the season. He won his first two outings over
Milwaukee and Colorado at home, but a 3-2 setback in Philadelphia on Sunday
sent him to the loss column.
Suppan lasted a season-high six innings, but was reached for three runs -- two
earned -- and six hits. The veteran right-hander, who missed all of last
season due to injury and is taking the place of injured starter Cory Luebke,
has won both of his starts at spacious Petco Park this season and is 5-3 with
a 4.87 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels. Suppan, of course, spent
time in the American League with Boston and Kansas City.
San Diego and Anaheim are meeting for the first time since the Angels swept a
three-game series in 2009. These two clubs have met on 22 occasions during
interleague play, splitting the series at 11 wins apiece.
The Angels finished tied with the New York Yankees for the best interleague
mark a year ago at 13-5. They have won the last nine series against the Senior
Circuit since 2010 and are 62-28 in interleague action since 2007. Overall,
the Angels are 152-114 against the NL and the Padres own a 103-136 mark in
games played against the American League.
05/18 10:46:27 ET